OUR MISSION

Ensuring Snow Leopard survival and conserving mountain landscapes by expanding environmental awareness and sharing innovative practices through community stewardship and partnerships.

Ensuring Snow Leopard survival and conserving mountain landscapes by expanding environmental awareness and sharing innovative practices through community stewardship and partnerships.

WHO WE ARE

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Tashi R. Ghale

Photo by Alexander Kuksin

Photo by Bjorn Persson

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WHO WE ARE

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Tashi R. Ghale

Photo by Alexander Kuksin

Photo by Bjorn Persson

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WHO WE ARE

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Photo by Steve Tracy

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The Snow Leopard Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Sonoma, California, formed in 2000, working in partnership with local communities in eight of the twelve snow leopard range countries to ensure snow leopard survival through environmental awareness programs and by promoting innovative stewardship practices.

WHAT WE DO

We work with local partners and herder communities, the front line in preserving the biodiversity of Central Asia’s high mountains, by providing technical and financial assistance for activities linked to stewardship and biodiversity conservation. Our programs build community ownership of projects, long-term self-reliance, and ecosystem health. We involve communities in non-invasive baseline research on snow leopards, their prey and habitat, blending western science with indigenous knowledge.

WHY WE DO IT

There is less and less land for the wild animals in our world.  Saving this iconic species has been our life’s work. Our task is to help local communities keep livestock depredation from snow leopards at a manageable level while increasing incomes and strengthening stewardship of alpine ecosystems. We will know we have done our job when Central Asia’s herders recognize and act upon the greater worth of having a live snow leopard rather than a pelt of one that took their livestock.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES

Working in so many different countries and in such remote areas leads to difficulties communicating with our in-country partners. Not to mention, dealing with the rugged mountainous terrain, the brutal cold of winter, and the extremely high elevations is challenging. Travel is slow and arduous, and electronic communications are limited. And the varied regulations and required permits, limited accessibility, and other bureaucratic obstacles create roadblocks to snow leopard conservation.   

Read About Our Story

A mother snow leopard and her cubs caught on a camera trap video in Pakistan by our partners the Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO). What an amazing accomplishment for this snow leopard mother to bring THREE CUBS through to adulthood in one of the most rugged and remote locations on our planet! And what a delight to see all four of them together and to hear her communicating with them as they make their way along the mountain path. This is an excellent sign that conservation measures in this region are successful.

Make A Difference for Snow Leopards

Earth Day Cat Chat – Snow Leopards and Conservation Education

April 19th, 2021|Comments Off on Earth Day Cat Chat – Snow Leopards and Conservation Education

Our special guest for an Earth Day Cat Chat - "Snow Leopards & Conservation Education" was Suraj Upadhaya. As a youth, Suraj participated in Snow Leopard Rangers, a conservation education program for elementary-age school [...]

2020 Annual Report

April 12th, 2021|Comments Off on 2020 Annual Report

Connecting Communities for Conservation Tashi R. Ghale - Searching for the Snow Leopard We are delighted to present our Annual Report. Within its pages, we highlight the year [...]

John Muir Laws Nature Journal Workshop

February 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on John Muir Laws Nature Journal Workshop

John Muir Laws Nature Journal Workshop Photo courtesy of Tashi R. Ghale - "Searching for the Snow Leopard" Snow Leopards: Conservation & Art Learn how to draw snow [...]